Isuzu Malaysia launches 19-tonne Forward commercial truck

By THOMAS HUONG | 14 June 2019

SETIA ALAM: Besides new variants of its popular Elf commercial trucks with 6-speed Automated Manual Transmissions (AMTs), Isuzu Malaysia has also launched a new 19-tonne Forward FVR34 variant.

The new 2019 range of Isuzu trucks will be available at all 43 authorised Isuzu truck outlets nationwide from third quarter of 2019.

Bigger and mightier Isuzu Forward

The Isuzu Forward range, a favourite among long-haulers for its exemplary low-running cost, impressive manoeuvrability and highly-accommodating cabin will be further improved for 2019 with a beefier chassis and higher performance.

The FVR34 model will now come with a GVW of 19 tons, up from the current 18-tonne capacity.

This upgraded payload capacity not only allows owners to maximize each load thereby reducing their transportation costs; the manoeuvrability of the Forward range makes it very ideal for intra-city hauling, eliminating the need to break bulk for urban pick-up and deliveries.

The front axle capacity too has been significantly increased to 7,500kg - contributing to its superior carrying capacity.


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Isuzu Forward 2019 briefing (1)

As complement to the increased payload, the nimble and flexible 6HK1-TC powerplant has now been tweaked to develop a very respectable 300PS of power with 986Nm of torque for the FVR300 model, giving it superior performance, particularly over hilly terrain.

To capitalize on the improved performance of the FVR300 model, the range will now be paired to a new Eaton transmission.

Using nine forward speeds including a 'crawler' gear for severe terrain, the new transmission's ratios better match the engine's improved performance characteristics, giving the FVR more flexible performance while the engine revolutions remain more frequently in its optimal zone.

Isuzu Forward 2019 briefing (2)

Isuzu Malaysia has chosen to retain the ever-popular FVR240 model in the line-up for those who require the large cargo capacity but haul less weighty bulk such as foodstuff or furniture or perform duties as council vehicles.

To retain a high level of safety, the FVR34 range now comes standard with full air brakes and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).

Braking performance is significantly improved while the ABS system greatly assists in maintaining braking stability particularly on slippery surfaces.

Further upgrades to the Forward line-up include a larger capacity alternator that is able to better meet the power demands of high-amperage equipment.

"With the wider selection of variants available, truck operators will be able to select the most appropriate Isuzu vehicle for their operations rather than to buy a truck that is not perfectly configured to their transportation needs," said Koji Nakamura, CEO of Isuzu Malaysia at the media launch.

Isuzu Forward 2019 briefing (3)

Isuzu Forward 2019 briefing (4)